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Dr Bronwyn Harman

Dr Bronwyn Harman

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5021, Mobile: 0412 068 499, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.202
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5021
Mobile: 0412 068 499
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5834
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.202  


Bronwyn is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Current Teaching

  • Research applications and ethical issues
  • Group process and group management
  • Systems consultation


Employed initially as a sessional tutor/lecturer by ECU. Has been employed as a full-time staff member since 2008.

Professional Memberships

  • Life Member Playgroup WA (Inc)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Families with young children, particularly what constitutes “good” mothering and “good” fathering
  • Contemporary issues for Australian families
  • Child freedom and childlessness
  • Play and playgroup.


  • Doctor, Edith Cowan University, 2009.
  • Diploma, Edith Cowan University, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Edith Cowan University, 2001.
  • Master of Arts, The University of Western Australia, 1994.


Recent Research Grants

  • The reasons parents do not vaccinate their children in Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $12,000.
  • Trinity Learning Centre Evaluative Study,  Uniting Care West,  Uniting Care West - Grant,  2012,  $18,182.
  • Clarkson Parenting Place Project Evaluation,  City of Wanneroo,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $4,550.
  • Playgroup WA Inc.-Brain and Emotional Development in the Early Years Workshops,  Playgroup WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $20,880.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Gibson, H., Harman, B., Guilfoyle, A., (2015), Social capital in metropolitan playgroups: A qualitative analysis of early parental interactions. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(2), 4-11, Deakin, ACT.
  • New, R., Guilfoyle, A., Harman, B., (2015), Children's school readiness: The experiences of African refugee women in a supported playgroup. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40(1), 55-62, Deakin, ACT.
  • Harman, B., Guilfoyle, A., O'Connor, M., (2014), Why mothers attend playgroup. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(4), 131-137, Australia.
  • Rowe, B., Harman, B., (2014), Motherless mothers: Maternally bereaved women in their everyday roles as mothers. Journal of Family Studies, 20(1), 28-38, DOI: 10.5172/jfs.2014.20.1.28.
  • Cohen, L., Chang, P., Hendricks, J., Cope, V., Harman, B., (2011), Enhancing psychology students' experiences: The development of an undergraduate leadership programme. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 10(2), 164-169, DOI: 10.2304/plat.2011.10.2.164.
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